Vice Adm. Kevin D. Scott is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia, and New York City, New York, and was designated a naval aviator in 1984. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Naval Postgraduate School, U.S. Naval War College and the Joint Forces Staff College.
At sea, he served as aircraft division officer and maintenance test pilot, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14; aircraft handler aboard USS Inchon (LPH 12) and HM 14 operations officer and detachment officer in charge. He commanded HM-14, commanded Mine Countermeasures Squadron 1 as commodore and later served as commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2.
Ashore, Scott served as air combat placement officer, Bureau of Naval Personnel; operations officer, Commander Tactical Wing Atlantic; military aide to the vice president; current operations chief and division chief, Joint Forces Command; director of aviation officer, Distribution Division (PERS 43), Naval Personnel Command; acting director, Expeditionary Warfare Division, Washington D.C.; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces, U.S. Central Command and director, Joint Fleet Operations, N3/5, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Suffolk, Virginia.
Scott assumed duty as Director for Joint Force Development (J7) on the Joint Staff, Washington D.C, in July 2016. In that position, he oversees the integration of joint training, concept development, operational analysis, and lessons learned activities to achieve the chairman’s vision for Joint Force 2020. He most recently served as Vice Director for Joint Force Development (J7), Suffolk, Virginia.
Scott has earned various personal, unit, service, and campaign awards. He holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.